In 2013, 4,226 babies were born at the Anabah Maternity Center in Afghanistan.
Our doctors treated 82 babies, who had arrived at the clinic within 24 hours of birth. Out of the 4,226, 1,299 babies were admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (ICU), while the others were discharged from the hospital 6 hours after delivery without any complications. At our center, the mortality rate was 3% compared to the national neonatal mortality rate which is estimated to be 12%.
Since January 2013, 79 babies suffered and were cured for respiratory distress. Among them, 23 were treated with a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine, which we were able to acquire thanks to a grant from The Khaled Hosseini Foundation. The grant was awarded to EMERGENCY via EMERGENCY USA in 2013.
Due to turn-over of both Afghan and international staff, C-PAP training is ongoing. At the moment 12 NICU nurses and one team leader are in training. The personnel employed at the Maternity Center are all female. Also five Afghan doctors are currently in training as neonatologist and pediatricians.
Meet the mothers and caregivers of the Anabah Maternity Center here.